Microsoft Excel 2007 Foundation Training Course Outline

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Excel Training CoursesThis one-day course teaches the basic functions and features of Excel 2007. After an introduction to spreadsheet terminology and Excel's window components, students will learn how to use the Help system and navigate worksheets and workbooks. Then they will enter and edit text, values, formulas, and pictures, and they will save workbooks in various formats. Students will also move and copy data, learn about absolute and relative references, and work with ranges, rows, and columns. This course also covers simple functions, basic formatting techniques, and printing. Finally, students will create and modify charts, and learn how to manage large workbooks. Designated as Approved Courseware. For comprehensive certification training, students should complete Excel 2007: Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced.
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Course objectives

After completing this course, students will know how to:

  1. Start Microsoft Excel; identify the main components of the Excel window and an Excel workbook; use the Help feature; and navigate worksheets.
  2. Enter and edit text, values, formulas; insert pictures in a worksheet; use AutoFill; and save and update a workbook.
  3. Move and copy data; insert and delete ranges; and work with relative and absolute references when creating and copying formulas.
  4. Use the SUM function, the AutoSum button, and the AVERAGE, MIN, MAX, COUNT, and COUNTA functions to perform calculations in a worksheet.
  5. Format text, numbers, rows, and columns in a worksheet; use conditional formatting; copy formats; and use table formats.
  6. Preview and control Page Setup options for a worksheet; check spelling; find and replace data; print a worksheet; and set and clear a print area.
  7. Create, format, modify, and print charts based on worksheet data.
  8. Manage large worksheets and multiple worksheets.

Course contents

Getting started
Spreadsheet terminology
Exploring the Excel window
Getting help
Navigating workbooks

Entering and editing data
Entering and editing text and values
Entering and editing formulas
Working with pictures
Saving and updating workbooks

Modifying a worksheet
Moving and copying data
Moving and copying formulas
Absolute and relative references
Inserting and deleting ranges, rows, and columns

Using functions
Entering functions
Other useful functions

Formatting worksheets
Formatting text
Formatting rows and columns
Formatting numbers
Conditional formatting
Copying formats and applying table formats

Preparing to print
Page Setup options
Printing worksheets

Creating charts
Chart basics
Modifying charts
Printing charts

Managing large workbooks
Viewing large worksheets
Printing large worksheets
Using multiple worksheets


Before taking this course, you should be familiar with personal computers and the use of a keyboard and a mouse. Furthermore, this course assumes that you've completed a Windows Basic course or have equivalent experience.

Target Audience

The target student for this course should be comfortable using a personal computer and Microsoft Windows. You should have little or no experience using Microsoft Excel or any other spreadsheet program. You will get the most out of this course if your goal is to become proficient in using Microsoft Excel to create simple worksheets and charts for internal reports and data tracking.

Certification Track

For comprehensive training, you should complete all of the following courses: Excel 2007: Basic, Excel 2007: Intermediate, and Excel 2007: Advanced.